SEA IF YOU LIKE IT
Royal Caribbean International is celebrating its 10th season cruising in Australia – and the start of the summer cruise season – by offering savings of up to 40 per cent. If you are new to cruising, try a sampler “voyage to nowhere” three-night cruise from Sydney on the huge Voyager of the Seas, departing on February 2, 2018. The price was $709, but is now from $449 a person, twin share including meals, activities and entertainment, plus kids travel from $69 a day. The offer will be valid until October 31, 2017.
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FOURTH AMONG QUEENS
Luxury cruise line Cunard will add a fourth ship to its fleet, with the 3000guest ship expected to enter service in 2022. The as-yet unnamed ship will join Cunard’s “Three Queens” – Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth – as the line’s first new ship since the Queen Elizabeth was launched in 2010. The line celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2015 and the new ship will be the 249th ship to fly the Cunard flag.
The big question now is the name – will Cunard opt for a fourth Queen? CUNARD.COM
NEW TWO SHOW HOSPITALITY
Holland America Line welcomes ships Maasdam and Noordam to Sydney on October 21 and 22 respectively as the 2017-18 cruise season gets under way.
The ships will make calls at some 48 ports this season, including 33 in Australia alone, and in a first for the line locally will offer two shorter sailings of four and five days for people keen to sample HAL hospitality. The first five-day departure on November 22 from Sydney will see Maasdam make a
three-day crossing of the Tasman, before making a call at Tauranga followed by disembarkation in Auckland, with the trip priced from $749 a person twin share.
The December 19 four-day departure sails out of Auckland on to the Bay of Islands, followed by a twoday crossing to Sydney, which is also priced from $749 a person twin share.
Book either voyage by October 20, 2017, and receive a $200 air credit towards flights out of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland.
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BONUS $600 ON SUN PRINCESS
Spend 14 nights cruising Fiji, Noumea and the South Pacific aboard Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess and have a bonus $600 in airfare and on-board credits if booked by October 31, 2017.
Pay from $1599 a person twin share and receive the 14-night cruise with all main meals and entertainment on board, $200 on-board credit and bonus $400 airfare credit. Sailing roundtrip from Sydney departing on January 30, 2018, the trip visits Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Suva, Dravuni Island, Savusavu, Lautoka, Noumea.
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NORDIC MAGIC REVEALED
Immerse yourself in Icelandic tradition on a 13-day cruise with overnights in Bergen and Reykjavík with Viking Cruises. In Norway, contrast the pleasant urban setting of Ålesund with the robust beauty of Geiranger’s fjord landscape. While on four port calls in Iceland, look for polar fox, tern, and whales. The trip includes nine tours, Wi-Fi, gratuities and drinks. Departures from Bergen to Reykjavík or vice versa during May, June or August 2019, are from $7695 a person, twin share, saving $1000 a couple if booked by Dec 31, 2017.
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RIVER SOUL, BALTIC SPIRIT
Combine a river cruise through Europe’s heartland with an ocean cruise exploring the Baltics on a 26day package with Evergreen Tours.
The deal priced from $13,540 a person twin share, includes a 15-day river cruise in a balcony suite on
Emerald Dawn sailing the DanubeMain-Rhine rivers from Budapest to Amsterdam, then a flight to Copenhagen to join an 11-day round trip Baltic cruise. This voyage on
Regal Princess calls at Oslo, Warnemunde for Berlin, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki, and Stockholm.
The trip including 22 tours and 73 meals departs on June 9, 2018.
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Carolyn Mackley is national marketing manager of Cruiseco (cruising.com.au), and not Cruiseco.com as printed in last week’s
Escape cover story. We apologise for any inconvenience this caused.
Celebrate with Royal Caribbean on a three-night ‘voyage to nowhere’.
Drop in at Tauranga after crossing the Tasman; and Norwegian beauty weaves its magic in the Geiranger fjord landscape.